January 20th, 2015

Air NZ is eager to find the heroines of its commemorative stamps


According to info received by FindYourStampsValue.com New Zealand Post is in search for the identity of three women who appear on Air New Zealand commemorative stamps.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, the airline has teamed up with New Zealand Post to create five stamps showcasing the airline's people, aircraft and marketing over the past seven and a half decades.

Two of the stamps feature three young girls who the airline's archivists have been unable to identify.

The first stamp shows two young girls onboard an aircraft in 1977, while the second features a toddler holding the hand of National Airways Corporation's (NAC) first ground hostess Margaret Gould in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

Air New Zealand's head of global brand development, Jodi Williams, said through the archival process the airline learnt the children were probably relatives of former staff but their identities remain a mystery.

"Our archival team and a group of volunteers have spent thousands of hours over the course of a year documenting historical footage and working to identify those who have featured in some of our older marketing campaigns, however, nowhere in our archives can we find the names of the little girls in the stamps.

Having your face on a stamp is pretty special and generally only happens for famous New Zealanders.

But these images were chosen for their strong link to not only Air New Zealand's history but New Zealand's history.

We would love to hear from these three women and to be able to put names to the faces appearing in these iconic images."

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